One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American shrub with aromatic leathery leaves and waxy berries.
Genus Myrica, family Myricaceae: several speciesAlso called wax myrtle
- ‘Included in the brambles are raspberries, blackberries, dewberries, loganberries, bayberries, and the wineberry.’
- ‘Wild bayberry thrives in the sand with almost no maintenance, will grow in full sun or partial shade, is not harmed by salt spray and is drought-resistant.’
- ‘Samantha watched him go inside and shut it behind him; a flash of lightning illuminated the beach roses and the bayberry bushes, and the old overturned schooner in front of Ray's work shed.’
- ‘Root cuttings are not often used as an important method of propagation, but many plants, such as bayberry, wisteria, some rose species, and oak-leaf hydrangea, can be propagated by this method.’
- ‘Before fall migration, swallows gorge themselves on insects and bayberries.’
Late 17th century: from bay + berry.
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